All you need to know about fire alarm inspections
Fire alarm inspections follow the national fire protection agency (NFPA) 72 National Fire Alarm Code, which covers the inspection, application, location, testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems. While this code establishes the minimum level of performance required by your system, it doesn’t clarify on how to meet these levels. That’s when we have a fire alarm inspector come in. During this inspection, a professional will evaluate your whole system.
This detailed inspection includes the following
- Thermal detector testing
- Bell testing
- Tamper switch testing
- Door holder testing
- Audible/visual device testing
- Verifying the monitor connection
- Duct detector testing
- Smoke detector sensitivity testing
- Elevator recall testing
- Pull station testing
- Flow Switch testing
- Load test of standby batteries
- Ground fault detection circuitry testing
- Inspecting the enunciator
- Inspecting the control panel
- Grounded field wiring testing
Your inspector will be documenting these findings. Note: your inspector should log the date of your last inspection so you know when to schedule your next fire alarm inspection.
You should, minimum, have an alarm inspection to be performed once a year. If you are the building manager, you may want to consider weekly routines. The only component that is tested once every 2 years is going to be your smoke detector sensitivity.